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The Top 5 Used BMW’s to Buy for Under $6000

By Mike Richards Updated: 05/23/2019 Posted: 04/12/2019

Even though the price of a vehicle is usually the most important factor for most buyers of used cars, brand matters too. BMW is a brand that many turn to because of the performance and sleek appearance of their vehicles, but the price tag on new cars is out of reach for most people. Fortunately, the first owner bears the most significant depreciation hit. Used BMW’s will lose their value fast, making it possible for used car buyers to get vehicles once considered unaffordable at less than $6000.

1. 2006 BMW 3 Series 325i

The MSRP of the 2006 BMW 3 Series 325i is $31,595. If you choose to buy it in the used car market, you can get one priced between $5000 and $6000. This car has a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine that cranks out 215 horsepower. It is a rear wheel drive, and buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The fuel economy estimate is 21 city and 29 highway. Some of the safety features are daytime running lights, automatic headlights, traction control, engine immobilizer, and frontal and side airbags.

Other features include auto climate control, multi-zone cruise control, keyless entry, power locks, remote trunk release, audio CD and MP3 player, fog lamps, heated mirrors, and rain sensing wipers. This sedan seats five people. NHTSA carried out crash tests on this model, and it got 5-stars in the passenger and driver side crash tests, and 4-stars in the frontal crash tests.

2. 2007 BMW X3 3.0si AWD

Depending on the car’s condition, you can get a 2007 BMW X3 3.0si AWD at $4,500-$5,995 in various sites selling used cars, including Kelley Blue Book. When bought new, this car costs about $38,000. It is an All-wheel drive with a 3.0-litere 6-cylinder engine that produces 260hp. It comes fitted with a manual transmission with O/D.  This car’s MPG is 18 city and 26 highway. It has a 6-speed manual transmission. Buyers also have an option of a 6-speed automatic transmission.

If you are looking for a functional car with limited technology, this is a great choice. When it comes to safety, the main features are the front and rear airbags, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, Auto-on headlights, and traction control. This car comes in at least ten colors giving buyers a greater choice on their preferred color. Some of the interior specifications that have been designed for the driver’s comfort include cruise control, steering wheel controls, heated mirrors, and passenger illuminated visor mirror. The rear parking aid is an optional feature that can be added if the buyer desires it. You will likely find some of the optional features in some of the used BMWs on sale.

3. 2009 BMW 3 Series xDrive 328i

You can easily get a used 2009 BMW 3 Series xDrive 328i at $4,900 and above. The condition and demand for this car influences the resale price. Before settling for any given price, find out if you are getting the best price possible. It is an all-wheel-drive 4-door sedan, with a sun-roof. Some of the features available for the driver’s and passenger’s convenience include cruise control, fog lamps, auto-off headlights, remote trunk release, front and rear reading lamps, heated mirrors, rain sensing wipers, adjustable steering wheel, CD and MP3 player, and climate control.

This car has a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine and produces 230 horsepower. It is primarily available in manual transmission, but the automatic transmission is optional.  The EPA Fuel Economy Estimate is 17 city and 25 Highway. The tank capacity is 16.1 gallons. The safety specifications include brake assist, traction control, daytime running lights, electronic stability control, child safety locks, and airbags. It comes in 13 colors.

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4. 2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci

The 2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci is available in various car sales point at less than $6000. The rate you get will depend on the mileage and the condition of the car. This car has a 3.0-liter Inline 6 engine that cranks out 225 horsepower @5900 rpm. The fuel tank’s maximum capacity is 16.6 gallons. It is a rear wheel drive that has either a 6-Speed manual w/OD, 5-Speed automatic w/OD, or 6-Speed sequential manual transmission.

Some of the specifications include audio controls on the steering wheel, automatic climate control, keyless entry, one-touch power windows, heated mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel, front cup holders, front and rear reading lamps, climate control, leather steering wheel, dual illuminating vanity mirrors, CD and FM stereo, one-touch power sunroof, remote sunroof operation, daytime running lights, traction control, fog lights, tire pressure indicator, post-collision safety system, and stability control.

5. 2006 BMW 5 Series 525i Sedan

The 2006 BMW 5 Series 525i Sedan is one of the cheapest used BMWs in the market. You can get one for as low as $3,500. Some cost more based on their condition and mileage, but they certainly cost less than $6000. It has a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine and cranks out 215hp @ 6250rpm. It also has 24 variable valves. This 5 series is a rear wheel drive fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission.

It has an MPG of 18 city and 28 highway. The fuel tank holds a maximum of 18.5 gallons of gas. The standard features in this car include tire pressure monitor, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, driver and passenger climate control, air conditioning, and rear window defogger. Some of the optional features you may find include heated steering wheel, electro chromic window, and front and back heated seats.

When buying a used BMW, you shouldn’t just consider the the price. You should also consider the technology you would like to have in the car. The various BMW models have different specifications, in spite having been unveiled in the same year. Ask your mechanic to help you determine if you are getting a good deal based on the condition of the car. You should compare prices from various sites, including auction sites, before settling for any given car.